Game Preview 30: Kansas City Royals vs. Cleveland Indians
The KC Royals wrap up their first series of the year with the Cleveland Indians Sunday afternoon. Winner looks to take the series.
Time: 1:15 CT
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LHP Danny Duffy (2-2, 3.89 ERA, 1.38 WHIP) vs. RHP Mike Celvinger (0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.00 WHIP)
On Sunday afternoon, the KC Royals look to take what would be their first series victory since sweeping the Angels at the K. The Royals will be sending their ace to the mound, Danny Duffy, while the offense will finally look to get going against Indians up and comer Mike Clevinger.
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As bad as the offense has been though, the KC Royals have been getting terrific starting pitching in this series. On Friday night, Jason Hammel got his first win as a KC Royal. Saturday afternoon, Jason Vargas continued his dominance.
Danny Duffy will look to carry the baton. He also will be looking to get back on track, after two abysmal starts against the Chicago White Sox.
This will be Danny Duffy’s first time facing the Cleveland Indians this year. Last year he didn’t start in a game against them. only pitching 1.2 innings of relief.
Danny Duffy should be able to utilize his changeup well against a team that struggles to het lefties mightily. He’ll have to watch out for the changeup smasher in the lineup though. Francisco Lindor.
KC Royals batters will be taking on Mike Clevinger, making his first start of the year. He throws with four pitches. Fastball, slider, changeup, curveball. In his only start against the KC Royals last year, he was really able to through his changeup well, pitching five innings of two run ball.
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In limited time last year, Clevinger struggled on the road. He pitched to a 7.20 ERA in 25 innings, as opponents had a 362 wOBA against him.